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Category Archives: Mindset

5 Steps to Prepare Yourself for a Big (Scary) Opportunity in Your Business

This week I had to prepare myself for something that was pretty darn scary for me. It was an interview with a big name in the industry, essentially someone I view as Internet Marketing royalty. It may well be viewed by thousands of people. Note: if you are wondering how to get these kinds of opportunities I have some great content coming up about publicity.

As it was my interview got rescheduled 2 hours before it happened, BUT it did allow me to pull together everything I’ve got on preparing for a BIG SCARY THING.

If you do choose the path of an entrepreneur at some point something will be put in front of you that you know lots of awesomeness is on the other side of – but it’s really stretching your comfort zone to do it.

This just comes with the territory so if it hasn’t happened so far, just know at some point you will want these tools.

Not that challenges don’t come up at a 9-5, they do, but the likelihood is you and going to care a whole lot more about the results when it’s your own work.

Here’s how I prepared this week and what I recommend you do too.

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What To Do If You Feel Like Things Didn’t Go Your Way This Year

If you’ve had an awesome year, hit all your goals and you’re resting on your laurels feeling like you nailed it this post isn’t for you.

If, on the other hand, when you reflect back on what you wanted to achieve this year, you feel a bit (or a lot) disappointed, then this is for you.

Us overachievers have a tendency to get in our own way, blame ourselves and have expectations of ourselves that no friend would ever hold us to.

So let’s take a look at what could be going on here, how to think about it and what to do from here.

(Read: You are going to feel a lot better in just a few minutes – hooray!)

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Everything (including you) doesn’t have to be perfect to start a business

Everything doesn’t have to be perfect for you to start a business. Or more specifically YOU don’t have to be perfect to start a business. Being in business usually means being, or it at least feels like you are being, more public than having a job.

And the scrutiny that people imagine comes with that stops people from even starting in the first place. So I’m here to tell you – you don’t have to be perfect to do this, in fact often it helps significantly if you’re not.

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What I Manifested In New York (How To Enable Opportunity To Strike)

I’ve recently come back from my round the world trip. This was part of my experiment in taking my business on the road. If you want to read about how the first part (Germany) went and get my tips and tricks on how to combine business with vacation that’s all here.

Part 2, New York, was all about making the impossible, yet simultaneously inevitable, happen.

I have big dreams in my business and while I generally consider myself an introvert, you can’t make everything happen by staying at home in your active wear.

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Observations And Learnings From Taking My Business On The Road

Right now I am road-testing ‘the laptop lifestyle’. It’s been over three years since I started my business and the first real time I’ve tried this. Every other trip I was on holiday or I was only away a couple of days. So far I’ve been to Frankfurt, Hannover and Dusseldorf in Germany visiting friends and hanging out in my old stomping grounds. Mid July I move on to New York City. Woo hoo!

Honestly though, as much as I love freedom and having control over my schedule, I’ve always been nervous about trying to work away from home. I like having a proper desk with everything set up – think note pads, coloured pens, printer, comfortable chair etc etc. I’m the kind of person who can’t even work in a cafe because it’s too distracting. So this trip has been quite an experiment!

So here’s what I discovered so far:

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Please Give Yourself Permission (You’re The Only One Who Can)

In many of the spaces we move in before we work for ourselves there are a lot of rules around what we can do and when.

‘All promotions are based on seniority.’

‘You can’t do this job until you have that qualification.’

‘You can’t study this unless you did that first.’

And in some cases these rules make sense. I know when I go into hospital I definitely want to be sure that the surgeon did indeed learn exactly how to do the surgery needed!

Other times though these rules actually don’t make sense at all. If you are an amazing teacher does it make sense that you can’t go for certain jobs because others have been there longer than you?

Probably not. But the system doesn’t allow for this.

The reason these rules are usually created is not because someone was trying to make it hard, it’s to ensure that the person who gets the job can actually do the job in question. It’s just that this doesn’t always work.

The bigger problem here is that we lose the ability to decide for ourselves what we can and can’t do because we get used to handing over the decisions that affect our lives to someone else.

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